LaMelo, LiAngelo Ball’s debut game had 1.6 million viewers on Facebook Live
LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball both made their professional debut for Prienu Vytautas, who agreed to play in a series of Big Baller Brand games geared to open playing time for the brothers as well as to bring some funds to the teams.
The Ball family has been the center of controversy at just about every turn and the present day is no different. Many would say that they are sick of hearing about the Balls, and they can’t figure out what makes them so special. When LaVar Ball’s name is mentioned, people come out of nowhere saying they wish the media would ignore him.
While it is true that those things have been said, the evidence points to something much different. Senior Ball taking his two younger sons to Lithuania, of all places, was the last straw to yell out that he is indeed a crazy man. But when showtime comes, the naysayers are quietly watching his every move.
The court was covered with the Big Baller Brand logo as well as the referee uniforms, setting the stage for a battle against Zalgiris Kaunas’ reserves. The game was broadcast live on Facebook, which displays the number of viewers real-time for any live feed.
The revamped court here in Prienai, Lithuania for the debuts of LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball. Will be live on Facebook at 1:30 ET. pic.twitter.com/gGeLkNdYIm
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 9, 2018
Along with a half-lit, but full arena, the numbers according to Facebook were over 100,000 watching live, but the final tally was a whopping 1.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball display their skills against international competition. The game had enough of its own highlights to not be a failure.
Truth be told, those are Big Baller numbers and it was a massive success for the parties involved. Whatever disgust some have for the Ball family, they can’t seem to avoid being intrigued like everyone else.
Highlights of the Ball brothers debut game via @overtime #BigBallerBrand #BCVytautas #Zalgiris #lameloball #LiAngelo #LavarBall #BASKETBALL #Lithuania #BBB #BBBshowcase #BBBchallenge #LaVar #liangeloball #melo #Gelo #Vytautas #ballislife #dansportsnews pic.twitter.com/AM7Ogmm4B6
— Daniel Flores (@dansportsnews) January 9, 2018